As we continue to add more new content to our website, we want to make it easy for our visitors to use.
One of the most important things we want to point out is that you can subscribe to the blog here on the site. This means if you go to the Blog tab and look on the right side, you will find a place to enter your email. If you do that, you will be automatically updated every time there is a new blog posted! This is important because our front page is static or doesn’t change. The reason we did this was to have one front page which is the same to welcome all visitors, including those who are new to our site and our church.
We have a whole list of new content we are working to add over the next few months, including information on our new Staff tab and our new World Outreach tab. We work to bring you Pastor Bowman’s weekly sermon (after we have had a few technical difficulties!) in a timely fashion.
One of the biggest things we would love to have from our congregation are testimonials about your experience with our church. You can either be noted on the testimonial, have an alias if you don’t want to use your real name for privacy purposes, or be listed as anonymous. You can submit your testimonials to us through our Contact tab.
Through the Contact tab, you can also submit questions, feedback, suggestions, and anything else you would like for the website! All content is screened by Pastor Richard and Marie Payne-Bowman.
We look forward to hearing from you!
DAILY DEVOTION, April 10, 2021
For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one “Go” and he goes; and that one “Come” and he comes. I say to my servant “Do this,” and he does it (Luke 7:8).
In Luke 7:1-10 a Roman Centurian asks Jesus to heal his servant. Jesus planned to go to the Centurian’s home, but the Centurian stopped Him. He recognized the authority of Jesus. All Jesus needed to do was say the word, and healing would come. Jesus marveled at the faith of this non-Jewish Roman.
While Jesus is not physically present with us today, we do possess His Words in Scripture. This episode reminds us to ask a question: who is in charge of your life? To whom or what do you answer? Many answer only to their personal thoughts and opinions. This Centurian trusted in the Word of Jesus. Do you? Do I?
This episode should renew our resolve to listen carefully to the Bible, the Book where God speaks. As we hear and obey the Word of God, His power is unleashed in our lives. The Centurian knew he had authority over his soldiers. They would do as he commanded. He also believed in the absolute authority of Jesus. Disease would flee at His Word.
One would not expect to find such faith in a Roman soldier. One would expect to find such dedication in Christian believers in Jesus. Let God’s Word be your final authority, and perhaps, like the Centurian, you will find a miracle.
Father, I thank You for Your Word. Thank You for giving us your thoughts in written form that we may possess them today. Help me, I pray, to organize my life around Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray (Proverbs 10:17), NKJV).
How do you react when someone corrects you, pointing out that your opinion or behavior is wrong? Most of us respond by saying, “Thank you very much. I needed that.” NOT! Most of us do not like correction, especially when it happens in front of others. I must admit that I do not respond well to correction. I guess it depends on how it is presented. Correction from a person with a “know it all” attitude does not sit well. Correction delivered with kindness and concern is more palatable.
Solomon, a very wise man, advises us to consider correction carefully. If someone corrects us and we need correcting, it is a blessing. If we are stubborn and refuse to listen to anyone who suggests that we are wrong, that attitude may cause us to stray away from God. Yes, sometimes corrections are inappropriate while others may be proper. When someone brings correction to us, we need to consider what we are being told prayerfully. God may be using another person to help us get our life more in order.
Oh, and if you are inclined to correct others, please do it with kindness and love. Corrections that come to us from a voice laced with anger and hostility are usually met with resistance.
Father, we all need correction at times. Please help us to listen carefully to what others say to us. When we need correction, may our hearts be open to it. If the suggestions of others about what we should say or do are out of line, help us to know the difference. In Jesus name, Amen.
It was wonderful to celebrate Easter in church again after missing last year. While the virus is still with us most of our members have been vaccinated. This gives us much more freedom, praise God! Those vaccinated need not wear masks unless in a business where masks are required. I hope our church attendance will rise to pre-pandemic levels soon. I haven’t seen some of you for over a year and I miss you!
The FCM men’s group will meet Tuesday at 8 AM. The FCW women’s group will meet Wednesday at 9:30.
The FCW is collecting donations for the No Bake Bake Sale through April 30. They will have a garage sale with lunch on April 24. Donations accepted (no clothes please).
Bible study is canceled for April and will resume on May 5th with a DVD study titled, “Church History Made Easy” featuring Dr. Timothy Paul Jones.
The sermon on 4/11 is titled, “God’s Amazing Grace.” We will consider the text from 1 John 5:9-12.
The following Sunday I will begin a series on the Ten Commandments. We last explored that subject 8 years ago so it seemed like it was time to visit the topic again. I am working on updating and revising the series from 8 years ago.
May you all have a blessed week. Trust Jesus and you will!
DAILY DEVOTION, April 5, 2021
For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls (1 Peter 2:25).
Peter compares our life before salvation as being like sheep who have gone astray. A student was presented with the following problem. Suppose there are 40 sheep in a sheep pen and 15 escape through a hole in the fence. How many sheep are left? The student replies, “None.” The teacher says, “Son, you don’t know math very well.” The student replies, “But I do know sheep.”
The student understood that sheep are escape artists with a strong tendency to follow the crowd. They are also defenseless against predators. I guess you can say that sheep are much like people. Jesus frequently referred to His followers as sheep. However, we have ceased to be wandering sheep. We have turned to Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and now we listen to Him. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them eternal life…” (John 10:27-28). We no longer follow the crowd or our instincts. We follow Jesus. That is what redeemed sheep do. And those who follow Him receive a gift – – – eternal life.
Yes, there are predators in the world seeking to snatch up wandering sheep. He is called “the prince of this world,” and he has lots of demonic helpers. We have to decide. Will we follow the Good Shepherd, or will we allow the prince of this world to gain the upper hand?
Dear Lord and Father of mankind, thank You for sending the Good Shepherd into the world to redeem us. I want to be a wise sheep who always listens to the voice of the Good Shepherd. In His name, I pray, Amen.
DAILY DEVOTION, April 2, 2021
For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come (1 Tim. 4:8).
I have spent the last ten years going to cardiac rehabilitation 2 or 3 times a week to exercise. My doctors believe it will help strengthen my heart. Paul says that such exercise does profit us (a little), but another activity is far more important. Our English translation uses the word “godliness,” (eusebeia in Greek). It is a word that denotes devotion to God characterized by a life conformed to God’s will. Living a godly life benefits us in two ways.
First, godly living impacts our present earthly life. God blesses us when we conform to His will. Disobeying God will never bring blessings. Godliness is proof that our faith is real. We do love and trust Jesus, and as a result, we desire to live a godly life.
It also impacts the life to come in eternity. We do not live godly lives to earn our salvation. Eternal life is a gift given to all who trust in Jesus. Godly living does, however, earn rewards in heaven. We don’t know precisely what these rewards consist of, but the more faithfully we serve Jesus, the greater our rewards.
The bottom line is simply this: godliness is profitable. No matter how much physical exercise we do, we will one day die. Godly living will profit us both in this life and in the life to come.
Father, I must confess that my godly living is imperfect. Help me to realize that the practice of faithfulness is profitable both now and in eternity. May my life conform more and more to Your will, in Jesus name, amen.